New Dacia Duster makes Frankfurt debut with updated styling
Britain's cheapest new SUV, the Dacia Duster, has undergone big changes for its 2018 model year. Making its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the updated Duster will remain a value champion – but has moved upmarket, with cleaner styling and a much-improved interior.
While the new car sits on a similar platform to the old model and retains the Duster's trademark chunky styling, Dacia claims every body panel is new. A wider track and altered side styling allows the car's wheels to better fill its arches, while a shorter bonnet has moved the windscreen forward, increasing interior capacity.
The front of the Duster has a smart chrome grille, with certain models receiving a silver-coloured skid plate underneath, while around the rear, Jeep Renegade-style rear lights replace the generic items from the old car.
Dacia has kept fairly quiet about the interior of the Duster, but pictures from the show floor of Frankfurt show a newly-styled centre console, with chrome finishers on the air vents, climate control dials and steering wheel. Dacia's own seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system remains in place, though we'd expect this to be a cost option on all but the top trim levels.
Dacia has promised an overhaul of material quality, too, addressing one of the biggest complaints about the current car. Expect to see more sophisticated technology on offer, including blind-spot monitoring, curtain airbags and keyless start.
Engine choices are likely to remain the same as the old car – namely, a choice of 1.5-litre diesel or 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engines, with either manual or EDC dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. Four-wheel drive will also be on offer.